Friday, April 29, 2022




I've been a bit MIA from my blog as we were lucky enough to have ourselves a little trip away.  We spent the first few days in the North Yorkshire Dales and then carried on heading north to spend the rest of our break with my family on the Northumbrian coast - it was just glorious!
Now of course I have some catching up to do as even before we went away I'd let things slip on the blogging front!

This week it's Shabneez setting the challenge 

for the Daring Cardmakers;

It’s almost time for me to celebrate the festival of Eid which marks the end of a month of fasting. I’d love to see a card celebrating any occasion you please but it should contain the word ‘celebrate’!

Click here to see the lovely projects the design team made:

With a whole truckload of cards to make for May birthdays (and mostly the dreaded male ones). using the word Celebrate as a theme really works for lots of cards so prepare to see a lot of it over the next few weeks!
I've used a smooth white card blank, but trimmed about 1.5 cms off the edge to make a fat rectangle.  I die cut a tag from the same white card. I cut some narrow strips of card in yellow and shades of blue to adhere across the card, and slightly narrower ones to glue across the tag
Using the same colours I cut some balloons in a couple of sizes (small one is from an old Spellbinders set, larger one from dies that cane in a Papercraft Society kit) 
The dark blue string for the balloons was salvaged from clothing tags
I matted a scrap of white card onto a strip of the dark blue and added the Celebrate sentiment (also from a Papercraft Society kit)
I shaped the balloons slightly with a large ball tool (bought from a sugarcraft stockist) and added pieces of chipboard between the various layers to add some dimension

 Thank you so much for coming by
 Happy Crafting, Stay Safe, 

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Chocolate Heaven


I hope Friday finds you well and enjoying some Spring sunshine 

So it's Easter weekend, and I always love this holiday!  
An extra long weekend with two Bank Holidays - and so much more relaxing than Christmas!  There's the promise of longer days, better weather, flowers and leaves popping up all over the place, little lambs and chicks and ducklings!

It’s my turn to set the challenge for the Daring Cardmakers so in honour of another of the lovely things about Easter:
eating chocolate, 
because you just have to,
 its the law!
Chocolate Heaven
Indulge yourself  a little this week!
I'd love to see all sorts of chocolatey treats - chocolate cakes, chocolate colours,  velvety drinking chocolate, a tempting box of chocolates....
Whatever you fancy

The eggs were die cut from chocolate coloured pearlescent card, then a couple were embossed  in each of 3 embossing folders. I cut a narrow strip of turquoise card to glue across the card then arranged the eggs along it adding pieces of chipboard between the layers .  The HAPPY EASTER letters were cut from the same card. For the flowers and leaves I used a sizzix die set and card in pastel shades, adding tiny gems for the flower centres.  

Thank you so much for coming by. 

 Happy Crafting, Stay Safe, 

Standing with Ukraine

Tuesday, April 05, 2022

April Elemental Inspiration



Jenny has a lovely mood-board for this week's April Elemental Inspiration Challenge to the Daring Cardmakers!

It's Jenny here hosting our first challenge of the new month.  
As we are now in a new month it's time for our 
April Elemental Challenge.  
We would like you to use a minimum of three elements from these pictures to inspire your card (colour can only be one element).

You can see lots of inspiration from the Design Team by clicking this link

 For my elements I chose the pink paper panel with its gold foiling - I didn't have a foiling plate with lines on it, so used this fab Spellbinders dotty one, The twigs from the top right image and the tiny yellow flowers that are scattered around


I've used a smooth white square card base trimmed down to a fat rectangle. I used Nuvo embellishing mousse in shades of pink and peach to colour a spare piece of white card, then when dry foiled it using a Spellbinders plate and gold foil in my GoPress and Foil machine.  I added the horizontal strip using spare of the inked card and a scrap of mirror gold card.  The faux brads are  little circles die cut from gold card

For the twiggy bouquet I used several shades of brown and green card and twigs and branches from various die sets, along with some peachy-pink ehelas fibres for extra interest. The yellow flowers are several sizes of small circle cut in lemon and yellow card, plus some glitter card.
To complete the card I used a knotted piece of organza ribbon, along with some gold twine and a gold glittered enamel dot

Thank you so much for coming by. 

 Happy Crafting, Stay Safe, 

supporting Ukraine